VA - A Rocket in My Pocket (2010)

VA - A Rocket in My Pocket (2010)
CD FLAC (tracks, cue, log) | 1h 4 min | Rockabilly | 195 MB

Here are a couple of fistfuls of tracks from the wild side of rockabilly. Over the years many 50s cuts have been issued under the rockabilly banner that would have been better described as country or hillbilly. These, however, are the real deal: hopped-up, whiskey-fuelled songs of teenage rebellion, sung by untamed rockers who probably never expected their careers to last the week. Alongside acknowledged classics of the genre such as `Put Your Cat Clothes On' by Carl Perkins, there are rare rockin' one-offs such as the frantic bass-slapping `Don't Be Gone Long' by Bob Doss or the remarkable `Wash Machine Boogie' by the Echo Valley Boys - the world's finest rockin' hymn to the romantic joys of household appliances.

The CD covers the whole rockabilly spectrum, with tracks from p rockin' labels such as Sun, Starday, Meteor and Columbia, plus tiny imprints such as Lilac.

Tied-in with this release is the publication of a 300-page book, also called A Rocket In My Pocket - the Hipster's Guide To Rockabilly by Max Decharne (Serpent's Tail), the first comprehensive history of the entire rockabilly genre to appear for twenty years. Max has compiled the Ace CD to complement the book, and has also written the sleevenotes.

This is the first on CD for some of these tracks, many of them favourites at rockin' clubs in the UK and around the world. The CD's title comes from Jimmy Lloyd's 1958 classic `I Got A Rocket In My Pocket', included here alongside frantic movers such as `The Raging Sea' by Gene Maltais or the gutbucket hill-country sounds Rocky Bill Ford's `Mad Dog In Town'. There's also a track from the cat who started it all, Elvis Presley - whose `Mystery Train' inspired a whole regiment of young musicians to find a cheap studio and get down and wail. He's on the cover of both the CD and the book, too.

An ideal introduction for anyone new to genre, but with enough rare tracks to please the long-term, hardcore rockabilly fan.

1. Dale Vaughn – How Can You Be Mean To Me
2. Elvis Presley – Mystery Train
3. Gene Maltais – The Raging Sea
4. Allen Page – She's The One That's Got It
5. Carl Perkins – Put Your Cat Clothes On
6. Bob Doss – Don't Be Gone Long
7. Wanda Jackson – Mean, Mean Man
8. Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio – The Train Kept A-Rollin'
9. Rocky Bill Ford – Mad Dog In Town
10. Hal Harris – Jitterbop Baby
11. Ronnie Self – Bop-A-Lena
12. Jackie Morningstar – Rockin' In The Graveyard
13. The Echo Valley Boys & Bill Browning – Wash Machine Boogie
14. Sonny Fisher – Pink And Black
15. Charlie Feathers, Jody & Jerry – Get With It
16. Ray Harris – Come On Little Mama
17. The Rhythm Rockets – The Slide
18. Jimmy Carroll & Billy Carroll – Big Green Car
19. Benny Ingram – Jello Sal
20. Junior Thompson with The Meteors – Mama's Little Baby
21. Mel Robbins – Save It
22. Jimmy & Johnny – I Can't Find The Door Knob
23. Freddie Franks – Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
24. Ric Cartey – Scratching On My Screen
25. Roy Burk & The Bell Bottoms – Rock To The Boogie
26. Don Willis – Boppin' High School Baby
27. Don Cole – Snake Eyed Mama
28. Jimmy Lloyd – I Got A Rocket In My Pocket


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